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Lrasm Testing To Start This Year  
User currently offlineThePointblank From Canada, joined Jan 2009, 1554 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8092 times:

So what is LRASM (Long Range Anti-Ship Missile)? It's a new anti-ship missile, being built by Lockheed Martin in cooperation with the USN and DARPA designed to replace the current Harpoon missiles onboard surface ships and aircraft. Defense Industry Daily has a long article with timeline available for those who want to read it:

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/...hing-for-a-long-reach-punch-06752/

Originally, there were two missiles under the LRASM program, one being LRASM A and the second, LRASM B. LRASM A's development contract was awarded to Lockheed Martin, and the missile is a derivative of the LM's AGM-158 JASSM-ER missile. It is a subsonic, low-observable anti-ship missile, with considerably greater range (500nm vs 170nm of the current Harpoon missile), and will be capable of conducting autonomous targeting, relying on on-board targeting systems to independently acquire the target without the presence of prior, precision intelligence, or supporting services like GPS navigation and data-links, unlike the current Harpoon missile in service. In addition, as it is based off of JASSM-ER, it will share a similar warhead size, which means that LRASM will have over double the size of the current warhead compared to Harpoon.

A quick overview of LRASM A in video format is below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvHlW1h_0XQ

Originally, LRASM A was supposed to be a air-launched missile only, however, Lockheed Martin is modifying the design for shipboard compatibility being fired from the Mk 41 VLS on company funds through the use of a booster separation system and development of a hybrid canister. The first MK 41 "push-through" testing occurred 3 days ago and the video is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP8pOtuo4Bo

LRASM B was envisioned as a ramjet-powered supersonic ship-launched missile. However, due to high technical risks, DARPA has focused on development of LRASM A instead.

DARPA is planning on testing LRASM early 2013 with 3 airborne test flights, with the first live-fire exercise this summer. In addition, two surface launches have also been budgeted and planned for by DARPA for 2014.

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User currently offlineThePointblank From Canada, joined Jan 2009, 1554 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6519 times:

Captive carrying tests on a B-1B completed:
http://www.navyrecognition.com/index...us-air-force-and-navy-missile.html

Quote:
The captive carry missions were flown aboard a U.S. Air Force B-1B from the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The primary mission objectives were to collect telemetry for post-flight analysis, verify proper control room telemetry displays and simulate all the test activities that will occur in later air-launched flight tests. All test objectives were met.

“Collecting telemetry data while flying in the B-1B bomb bay significantly reduces risk ahead of the first launch,” said Mike Fleming, LRASM air launch program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Initial assessments indicate the missile performed as expected.”


User currently offlineThePointblank From Canada, joined Jan 2009, 1554 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4817 times:

More DARPA research on LRASM, including a solo test flight, and hitting a target:
http://www.darpa.mil/NewsEvents/Releases/2013/09/06.aspx

Quote:
Designed for both surface and air launch,LRASM seeks to develop an autonomous, precision-guided anti-ship standoff missile based on the successful Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range (JASSM-ER) system. LRASM aims to incorporate sensors and systems to create a stealthy and survivable subsonic cruise missile with reduced dependence on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, network links and GPS navigation in electronic warfare environments. The program also focuses on precision lethality in the face of advanced countermeasures.

“This fully functional test is a significant step in providing the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force with a next-generation anti-ship missile capability,” said Artie Mabbett, DARPA program manager for LRASM. “This test is the culmination of the five-year development and integration of advanced sensors in an All-Up-Round (AUR) missile. It also represents the first time we’ve integrated advanced sensors and demonstrated the entire system, resulting in performance that substantially exceeds our current capabilities.”

DARPA designed the free-flight transition test (FFTT) demonstration to verify the missile’s flight characteristics and assess subsystem and sensor performance. Beyond the primary objectives of the free-flight transition, the test vehicle also detected, engaged and hit an unmanned 260-foot Mobile Ship Target (MST) with an inert warhead.

A B-1 bomber from the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron conducted the mission from Dyess AFB, Tex., to the Point Mugu Sea Test Range off the coast of southern California. Once in position, the B-1 released the LRASM, which followed a pre-planned route towards the target. Approximately halfway to its destination, the weapon switched to autonomous guidance, in which it autonomously detected the moving MST and guided itself to hit the desired location on the target. A F/A-18 fighter from the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31 in China Lake, Calif., followed the weapon during the flight.

A picture of the target after the missile struck the target:
http://www.darpa.mil/uploadedImages/Content/NewsEvents/Releases/2013/LRASM.jpg


User currently offlinecjg225 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 617 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4766 times:

"Target Ship - Stay Clear"

LOL

Ya think?

Interesting; I've never seen a target ship made out of containers.



Restoring Penn State's transportation heritage...
User currently offlinespink From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 317 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4747 times:

Quoting cjg225 (Reply 3):
Interesting; I've never seen a target ship made out of containers.

Seems pretty common. Most of the NSM tests were done with containers setup on the deck.

Its a pretty cost effective way of giving effectively a barge any given signature shape that you want. Both NSM and LRASM rely to some extent on image recognition for final targeting.


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12061 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4627 times:

Was the MST just drifting out there in the ocean, or was it steaming under remote control from a mother ship in the area? The picture seems to show a small wake behind the MST and the bow breaking water. Why is the freeboard of the MST so low?

Looking at the container the LRASM-A hit has a hole through both sides, indicating the missile went completely through the target.


User currently offlineThePointblank From Canada, joined Jan 2009, 1554 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3914 times:

First vertical launch out of a MK 41 VLS:
http://www.al.com/business/index.ssf...ockheed_martins_launches_firs.html

Quote:
Lockheed Martin successfully launched the first Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, Boosted Test Vehicle from a MK 41 Vertical Launch System canister at White Sands Missile Range on Tuesday.

The test, funded by the company, included a successful launch of the LRASM BTV from the MK 41 VLS. The test vehicle, which includes a Vertical Launch Anti-Submarine Rocket Mk-114 rocket motor ignited successfully, penetrated and exited through the canister cover before performing a guided flight similar to that it would undergo in a tactical operation.

The vertical launch tests were, as mentioned in the article, funded by Lockheed Martin outside of their contract scope with DARPA.


User currently offlinerlwynn From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 1064 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3854 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 5):
Was the MST just drifting out there in the ocean, or was it steaming under remote control from a mother ship in the area? The picture seems to show a small wake behind the MST and the bow breaking water. Why is the freeboard of the MST so low?

Looking at the container the LRASM-A hit has a hole through both sides, indicating the missile went completely through the target.

MST 9301 target craft

Displacement: 850 tons full load
Dimensions: 260 x 26 x 7 feet/79.25 x 7.92 x 2.13 meters
Propulsion: 2 diesels, 2 shafts, 15 knots
Crew: unmanned
Notes: Purpose-built remote-controlled target ship, used for live-fire exercises.

Builders: Maritime Contractors, Bellingham, WA.

Number Name Year FLT Homeport Group Notes
MST 9301 (none) 1994 PAC Port Hueneme NAWC



I can drive faster than you
User currently offlineThePointblank From Canada, joined Jan 2009, 1554 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2713 times:

Another successful test of LRASM, this time against a moving target:
http://www.navyrecognition.com/index...tion=com_content&task=view&id=1359

Quote:
Lockheed Martin’s Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) recently achieved another successful flight test, with the missile scoring a direct hit on a moving maritime target. The test was conducted in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Office of Naval Research (ONR) program.

Flying over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, Calif., a U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber from the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, released the LRASM, which navigated through all planned waypoints receiving in-flight targeting updates from the Weapon Data Link. After transitioning to autonomous guidance, LRASM identified the target using inputs from the onboard sensors. The missile then descended for final approach, verified and impacted the target.

“This test, combined with the success of the first flight test in August, further demonstrates the capabilities and maturity of LRASM,” said Mike Fleming, LRASM air launch program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “The new sensors and legacy JASSM-ER components all performed well during the flight and the missile impacted the target as planned.”


User currently offlineThePointblank From Canada, joined Jan 2009, 1554 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 weeks 3 days 22 hours 49 minutes ago) and read 766 times:

DARPA has rejected Kongsberg and Raytheon's bids under LRASM, and has approved Lockheed Martin’s LRASM for a major follow-on development contract to prepare it for production in FY17. As a result, Kongsberg and Raytheon have filed a protest:

http://insidedefense.com/index.php?o...FjdC1hd2FyZC9tZW51LWlkLTYxLmh0bWw=


User currently offlinecjg225 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 617 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 weeks 3 days 29 minutes ago) and read 585 times:

Quoting ThePointblank (Reply 9):

Interesting.

I am in an LL.M. class right now entitled "Fundamentals of Contracting with the Department of Defense." We just covered protests last week. Pretty timely. I'll forward this to my professor. Maybe we'll cover it.



Restoring Penn State's transportation heritage...
User currently offlineThePointblank From Canada, joined Jan 2009, 1554 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 weeks 13 hours 55 minutes ago) and read 445 times:

Quoting ThePointblank (Reply 9):
DARPA has rejected Kongsberg and Raytheon's bids under LRASM, and has approved Lockheed Martin’s LRASM for a major follow-on development contract to prepare it for production in FY17. As a result, Kongsberg and Raytheon have filed a protest:

http://insidedefense.com/index.php?o...FjdC1hd2FyZC9tZW51LWlkLTYxLmh0bWw=

Numbers being bandied about for this contract is 90-110 LRASM's, to be fitted on the B-1B (which has JASSM integrated) and F/A-18 Super Hornet. After that, there will be a competition, but only after 2019:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...avy-missiles-idUSBREA2Q07620140327

Pretty much the only other alternative to LRASM for the second competition for the USN ship-borne anti-ship missiles is Raytheon with an upgraded version of the Tomahawk.


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